Chicago Humanities Festival internships


The Chicago Humanities Festival is currently accepting applications for five internship positions. Apply by November 30 for Winter/Spring 2017 internships. Application available here. Click on the internship titles below for details.

Marketing Internship

Development Internship

Programming Internship

Production Internship

Web/Multi-Media Internship

Contact Professor Chris Green ( if you’re selected and he will help set up internship credit for Winter Quarter.


TONIGHT! 24-Hour George Saunders!


Please join the DePaul Humanities Center and the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences for a special event investigating the future of the humanities.

From 8:00 p.m. June 2 until 8:00 p.m. June 3, the DePaul Humanities Center will be hosting “24 Hour George Saunders,” a marathon, public reading of everything that best-selling author and MacArthur “genius grant” winner George Saunders has ever published, culminating in a new lecture by Saunders in the final hour entitled, “Why the Humanities? Why Art?” Celebrity readers include Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Academy Awardâ nominee Jesse Eisenberg, and a special surprise guest reader in the penultimate hour. Other DePaul faculty and students–as well as Chicago artists, authors, scholars, and celebrities–will also be reading for an hour according to the following schedule:


  1. 8-9pm: Jeff Tweedy
  2. 9-10pm: Michael Arndt
  3. 10-11pm: Sara Levine
  4. 11pm-12am: Joe Gondolfi


  1. 12am-1am: Elizabeth King
  2. 1am-2am: Danielle Meijer
  3. 2am-3am: Sean Kirkland
  4. 3am-4am: Rick Lee
  5. 4am-5am: Tristan Fischl
  6. 5am-6am: Logan Breitbart
  7. 6am-7am: Evan Edwards
  8. 7am-8am: Casey Hudetz
  9. 8am-9am: Shailja Sharma
  10. 9am-10am: Julie Moody-Freeman
  11. 10am-11am: Anna Vaughn Clissold
  12. 11am-12pm: Maryse Meijer
  13. 12pm-1pm: Lindsay Hunter
  14. 1pm-2pm: Jesse Eisenberg (via remote from NYC)
  15. 2pm-3pm: Kevin Madden
  16. 3pm-4pm: Christian TeBordo
  17. 4pm-5pm: Adam Levin
  18. 5pm-6pm: Lucy Rinehart
  20. 7pm-8pm: George Saunders, “Why the Humanities? Why Art?”

Following the 24-hour marathon, The New Yorker will be publishing Saunders’ lecture to us. You will also be able to watch highlights from the marathon as well as all of Saunders’ address on the DePaul Humanities Center’s YouTube channel.

If you are on Twitter, you can follow us @DPU_Hum_Ctr

We are using #24hrsaunders to promote the event.



June 2 at 8 p.m. until June 3 at 8 p.m.


DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus

Student Center, Room 120

2250 N Sheffield Ave.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the 24-hour reading, and capacity will be limited.


George Saunders is a New York Times bestselling author who is known for his collections of short stories. His works include Congratulations, By the Way, Tenth of December, and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Saunders grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. He earned a degree in exploration geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. After spending time as a geophysicist on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Saunders returned to the United States to pursue a writing career. In 1992, his short story “Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz” became the first of many of his works that would be published in The New Yorker. In 2001, Saunders was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 most creative people in entertainment, and by The New Yorker in 2002 as one of the best writers 40 and under. In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship. In 2009, he received an Arts and Letters Award in literature (formerly Academy Award) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Saunders earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University, where he has been teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program since 1996.

More information on George Saunders here.


June 2

  • Jeff Tweedy, 8-9 p.m. The singer, songwriter and producer will help open the event. Best known for the bands Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, Tweedy is currently touring with his son Spencer in their band, Tweedy.
  • Michael Arndt, 9-10 p.m. Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business, Arndt was previously senior editor and writer at BusinessWeek and business editor at the Chicago Tribune.
  • Sara Levine, 10-11 p.m. Levine is the Chicago-based author of numerous essays, the novel Treasure Island!!! and the short story collection Short Dark Oracles. Levine teaches in the writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

June 3

  • Lindsay Hunter, 12-1 p.m. Hunter is the author of Ugly Girls as well as the collections of short stories Daddy’s and Don’t Kiss Me. She is originally from Florida and currently lives in Chicago.
  • Jesse Eisenberg, 1-2 p.m. Eisenberg is an Academy Award-nominated actor who is best known for his starring role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the film “The Social Network.” He has also starred in “Zombieland,” “30 Minutes or Less,” and “Now You See Me.” He will be portraying Superman villain Lex Luthor in next year’s “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
  • Kevin Madden, 2-3 p.m. Madden is the Defense Intelligence Agency Chair at the United States Air Force Air University, and a professor at U.S. Air Force Air War College.
  • Christian TeBordo, 3-4 p.m. TeBordo is an author and director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Roosevelt University. His most well-known work is the short story collection The Awful Possibilities, which was nominated as an American Library Association Notable Book and received accolades from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
  • Adam Levin, 4-5 p.m. Levin is an author well known for his short story collection Hot Pink and the novel The Instructions. Levin teaches Creative Writing and Literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Questions? Contact Alecia Person, DHC Office Manager, at

The DePaul Humanities Center presents 24 Hour George Saunders June 2-3, 2015

The DePaul Humanities Center is  proud to present an amazing event featuring New York Times bestselling author George Saunders! 24 Hour George Saunders is a marathon 23-hour reading out loud of everything Saunders has ever published (with 23 special guest readers) that concludes at 7pm on June 3 when Saunders delivers a new lecture on the future and the importance of the arts and humanities in higher education and in our culture.

See the event flyer below for more details!


Eileen Myles Reads at The Poetry Foundation November 2nd

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Poetry Off the Shelf: Eileen Myles 

View this event online.

Poet Eileen Myles discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir

CHICAGO – The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival are pleased to feature a talk by New York poet Eileen Myles. Myles’ gift for chronicling the life of the writer in a queer, funny, feminist, and ultimately provocative way makes her readings a mix of stand-up, Zen talk, and poetry. In this talk, she discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir about her longtime companion Rosie.

Eileen Myles moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet. She gave her first reading at CBGB’s, and then gravitated to St. Mark’s church where she studied with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley and Bill Zavatsky. She has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry and fiction including Not Me, Chelsea GirlsCool for YouSkies, and Inferno (a poet’s novel).

What: Poetry Off the Shelf: Eileen Myles
WhenSunday, November 2, 2 pm
Where: Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street
Tickets: CHF Members: $9.00, General Public: $12.00, Students and Teachers: $5.00. Call (312) 494-9509 or

Co-sponsored with the Chicago Humanities Festival

FREE STUDENT TICKETS to 25th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival: Journeys October 25-Nov 9


Tickets to the 25th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys, are now on sale. Events take place between October 25th and November 9th.

Best of all? DePaul students can score free tickets using a code provided to us by the festival organizers! Email the editor of the Underground, Anastasia Sasewich, for details! See the Program Guide here.

A sampling of CHF’s stellar events include:
On October 25 at Northwestern University
* Novelist Jamaica Kincaid
* Creative nonfiction star, Eula Biss, talking about her new book On Immunity
* Wallace Shaw, playwright and self-proclaimed curmudgeon
* Everyone’s favorite “little failure” Gary Shteyngart
On October 26 at the University of Chicago
​* Lit blogger and novelist Laila Lalami with her new book The Moor’s Account
* Ben Marcus and Adam Levin in conversation
Downtown Chicago: October 29 – November 9
* Martin Amis with his controversial and critically acclaimed new novel, The Zone of Interest
* Conde Nast Travel staffer and food writer, Anya von Bremzen, with The Art of Soviet Cooking
* Science-fiction ​superstar and granddaddy of the genre, William Gibson, with his new novel The Peripheral
* New York Times columnist Charles Blow on his new memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones
* Inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, with a memoir of his Cuban childhood
* PEN President, novelist, and playwright, Colm Toibin, with his new novel, Nora Webster, in conversation with the Guild Literary Complex’s John Rich
* Hilarious novelists Lydia Millet and Sara Levine in conversation about Millet’s new book, Mermaids in Paradise

Event: Anthony Grafton at Chicago Humanities Festival; March 31

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Is the Book Headed for Extinction?

Anthony Grafton is a distinguished writer, author, and professor of history at Princeton University. Grafton will be speaking at a Chicago Humanities Festival event on The Past, Present and Future of the Book. His fields of study are the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance.

When: Sat, March 31; 2:00-3:00 

Cost: Free!! (DePaul students must present ID at the door)

Where: First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple
77 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

About the Chicago Humanities Festival and a schedule of events. 

More about the event: Many of us love a good cliffhanger, but today we find ourselves in a state of suspense about the book itself. What happens next for the beloved bound volume? Future generations may well live without books, consuming text on various electronic devices networked to infinitely large databases. Anthony Grafton, professor at Princeton University, is a leading historian of the book. Admired for definitive accounts of the libraries, book trade, and humanistic scholarship of the early modern period, he is best known to a larger public as the author of the bestseller The Footnote: A Curious History and as a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.  In the age of the e-book, Grafton addresses the crux of the book’s future: are the coming days a techno-utopia, the entire library of world culture at our fingertips, or cause for anguish at the loss of the iconic artifact of learning?